Taking History to Heart: The Power of the Past in Building Social Movements

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Univ of Massachusetts Press, 2000 - Political Science - 340 pages
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Blending autobiography and history, James Green reflects on 30 years as an activist, educator and historian. He recounts how he became immersed in political process and in recovering and preserving the history of progressive social movements, demonstrating how the two are linked.
 

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Contents

Making Movement History
1
Discovering Movement History with the Radical Americans
25
Bringing the Boundaries of History Closer to Peoples Lives The Massachusetts History Workshop
51
Learning to Teach Movement History to Workers
73
Commemorating Moments of Solidarity in Massachusetts Labor History
101
Remembering Haymarket Chicagos Labor Martyrs and Their Legacy
121
Releasing Silenced Voices and Uncovering Forgotten Places in the American South
147
Seeing the Past with Movement Eyes Making Documentary Films about People in Struggle
167
Why Movement History Matters The Politics of Class and Race in Boston
203
Planting the Seeds of Resurgence The United Mine Workers Strike Pittston Coal in 1989
227
On Becoming a Movement Again The Labor Union Revival in the 1990s
255
Notes
281
Acknowledgments
319
Index
325
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James Green was a Fulbright lecturer at the University of Genoa in Italy during 1998.

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